Racing With the Moon Reviews
June 11, 2014
A personal favorite. Young actors on the verge of the "big time" in roles that portray the same; an end to childhood, the first awakenings of adulthood.
May 27, 2013
The kind of movie that they just don't make anymore--lots of nostalgia and a good story of young love.
May 31, 2013
Ce tout petit film sur le dernier mois de deux camarades americains campagnards dans leur village en 1942 avant de partir a la guerre est une tres bonne surprise. Touchant, souvent drole, tout le temps credible, il est porte par deux jeunes acteurs qui deviendront d'immenses stars dix ans plus tard. Le scenario de Steve Kloves et le score sont excellents.
July 8, 2007
I don't remember this too well. Great cast though.
March 19, 2013
Goofy Cage at his best with some drunk Cage and karaoke Cage as a bonus!
Seriously though, this is a strong love story with a modest approach that, while not particularly original, stands out as one of the more charming and pleasant movies of the genre. The cast perform well and the story has enough going for it, even if it's not the most original script.
It's good visually and musically too and despite the romance throughout, it is believable. They are all themes we've heard before but they are repeatedly used by film-makers for a reason- when they are done right, they work. This film is an example of that. It may not be the most memorable "I love you" in film history but it's a convincing one nonetheless.
If you are a romantic then this will please you and even if you aren't this shouldn't be painful to watch. It's not the most engaging watch- it has a sleepy atmosphere about it but that could also be said to add to it's charm. It's a bit of a rarity and I'd think that only big fans of Penn or Cage (or both I guess) would get around to seeing this one but I think it deserves better than that.
An under-appreciated love story that manages to use common themes and plot lines successfully thereby creating a convincing and heartfelt film.
December 28, 2012
A well-acted coming of age film, easy to like, but just a little to light.
October 3, 2012
This one of my most loved movies
October 2, 2007
Everyone tries hard, but the movie is essentially superficial and has difficulty sustaining interest.
April 10, 2012
an above average war-time love story with nicky cage and sean pennis
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August 25, 2011
Oh boy oh boy! I'm up to 32 Nick Cage movies watched! Crossed the halfway point with this gem and Bringing Out the Dead.
What do we have here? A coming of age drama in which Nick Cage plays an idiotic womanizer who uses his friends? And do we also have a moody, whiny Sean Penn to boot? What more could I ask for?? Although it seems to have killed his career as a director, Richard Benjamin at least had the decency to shoot it in 1.85:1, unlike Zandalee.
The story involved Nicky (Nick Cage... hmm), his friend Henry (Sean Penn), and Henry's chubby chunkin' cheeked love interest, Caddie (Elizabeth McGovern). Nicky loves to run the gauntlet of loose women in town, while Henry is a one-girl man. All heck breaks loose when Nicky impregnates a girl and convinces her to abort it. Hilarity ensues as they are ushered off to war after doing a lot of yelling and moping.
Favorite Nick Cage Line: "Wow, 200 bucks a shot. That's some business, huh?"
Favorite Nick Cage Moment: When he's driving his hot rod away from the abortion, swigging from a booze bottle. Classy.
Gotta be honest, I had to look up a script to even find a decent NC line in the entire movie. Unlike many of his movies, it wasn't so much embarrassing as it was boring. Surprisingly, there were some saucy scenes in this (for whatever reason) PG movie underscored by a sensual saxophone soundtrack.
March 19, 2011
Great story, music and location.
September 6, 2010
I need to watch this movie again, I barely remember it.
February 16, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
(1984) Racing With The Moon
A ROMANCE and DRAMA film about 2 very young WWII recruiters (Sean Penn and Nicholas Cage) and what they did before going into war. This film doesn't really have a plot and the characters are a little one dimensional but does have some nice touches such as 'when Penn shows McGovern how to play the piano scene'- this film also deals with other serious issues as well teenagers had to deal with before going off to war.
Looking back at this film is looking alot better than alot of films as of late. After seeing Penn in 1983 "Bad Boys" motivated me to check this film out too, and I have to say without his performance as the moral lead, this film would not have succeeded at all.
3 to 3 and a 1/2 stars out of 4
July 12, 2009
'Racing with the Moon' is a gentle coming of age drama set in 1942 California, lovingly created with impeccable period detail that is lightly dusted with amusing juvenile frolics and wholesome charm reminiscent of the era.
However, beneath the placid surface of the pleasantly quaint story is a nostalgic glimpse of traditional small town America as a microcosm of a bygone age of innocence that was lost in the bloodshed of WW2.
Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage star as two reckless youths walking the path from childhood to adulthood beneath the gathering clouds of war, which cast doleful shadows upon their bitter-sweet journey to maturity, responsibility and the awaking of love in the form of the luminous Elizabeth McGovern.
Their childish idealisms, glorifying senseless violence through naivety and misguided patriotism, are challenged by the poisonous hatred of conflict that is gradually seeping into their insular community and threatening their humble existence.
The thin veil, which once masked the harsh truths, falls in a tear sodden heap as the mothers and fathers bid farewell to their ill prepared sons, sent to face a reality beyond comprehension.
'Racing with the Moon' benefits from confident performances by Hollywood's rising stars, riding the crest of the wave of celebrity. Each deliver quietly insightful performances, infused with youthful exuberance, painting a vivid portrait of a doomed generation slowly coming to terms with its fate.
March 7, 2009
sounds great, good cast...
September 14, 2008
I found this movie boring and uninteresting, but I didn't watch the whole film, so I'd be willing to give it a second look.
April 30, 2007
This was a good movie about two young men that want to live life to the max before they are going out a war. A lot of thing happens before they are going away.
April 16, 2008
wow, a lot of familiar faces in this, also an excellent flick
September 5, 2006
I liked this Drama...it was interesting seeing Cage and Penn so young.....the only thing was that the ending was kinda lame.......they waited too long to really develop the story and then I think they ran out of time and had to end it in a dumb place, it was like there should have been a sequel.